PhD scholarship in Pitting Corrosion Studies for Recycled Aluminium Alloys through in-situ 3D Tomography and Multiphysics Simulations

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The Materials and Surface Engineering section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark is seeking candidate for a PhD position in the field of Aluminium corrosion. The PhD position is for a period of 3 years.

Research background
Aluminium alloys are seen as future materials for industrial applications, such as for transport (e.g. aerospace, automotive), building, packaging etc. due to lightweight.  Recycling of aluminium is important for its enhanced applications to reduce the cost, as it needs only 5%-10% of the total energy compared to production of primary aluminium. Recycled aluminium alloy microstructure is complex and therefore have significant influence on corrosion and other properties due to the presence of higher levels of impurity elements such as Fe combined with the formation of intermetallics in combination with other alloying elements. The fundamental mechanisms of the impact of impurities and microstructure on the initiation and propagation of localized corrosion in recycled aluminium alloys is still not well understood.

Responsibilities and tasks
Consequently, research activities in the intended PhD position will focus on the following issues:  

  • The effect of intermetallics on the early pit-initiation by performing electrochemical analysis combined with microscopic characterization techniques, Synchrotron methods etc. on model alloys.
  • Multiphysics simulation of microstructure and early corrosion development.
  • In-situ analysis of pit initiation and propagation using microscopic and tomography methods.

The selected candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers involved in the project. Project will be in collaboration with University of Lund, Sweden, and Hydro Aluminium, Norway. Work involves some level of co-ordination and travel.

Candidates for the position should have a MSc degree in Materials Engineering or Chemistry with experience within the field of microstructure and corrosion. Prior experience to aluminium alloy microstructure and corrosion, characterization methods etc. will be an advantage. Combination of knowledge in corrosion and materials is preferred.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Rajan Ambat, DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, phone: +45 4525 2181, e-mail: [email protected] .

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Please submit your online application no later than 24 January 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within
Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 140 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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